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10 everyday things that women have refused to put up with as they grow older and wiser

These women are unlearning a lot of things that they used to put up with due to the pressure of society.

10 everyday things that women have refused to put up with as they grow older and wiser
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Women are taking charge of their lives

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Pixabay

People say as we grow older, we grow wiser. Though different sections of society and patriarchy have taught countless women to be okay and adjust to many stereotypical practices and things, it seems women are not interested in being blindly tolerant of them anymore. A Reddit user, u/Sera0Sparrow, popped an interesting question on the r/AskWomen subreddit, which read, "What's something you find more intolerable the older you get?" It sparked a vast conversation amongst women in the comments where they shared everything they have been unlearning and not tolerating anymore. Whether it is casual misogyny or men thinking that women are incapable of managing their own finances, here are ten of the most relatable answers from the community.

1. Quitting awful jobs

Representational Image Source: Pexels | Andrea Piacquadio
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Andrea Piacquadio

Bad jobs. I've dealt with bad management since I started working at 15 years old. I no longer have the tolerance to put up with it and will either call them out or just walk out. No job is worth being screamed at or denigrated and I can find another easily. u/yeahbatman

2. Not opting for comfortable trips

Representational Image Source: Pexels | Ketut Subiyanto
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Ketut Subiyanto

Traveling in ways that are uncomfortable, such as long cramped bus rides, sharing dorm rooms with strangers, sleeping without AC if I'm in a tropical country, etc. These things were fine when I was 18 years old and backpacking. Not so much now. u/tatertotski

3. Not finding time for yourself

Representational Image Source: Pexels | Andrea Piacquadio
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Andrea Piacquadio

Being an adult who has to take care of everyone and everything. I have come to understand that relaxing at home is something I can't do anymore. I booked myself into a hotel for a night so I could spend at least a day not doing anything—no cooking, cleaning or dealing with family/work drama. I can't wait. Once I hit my intolerance threshold again, I will be booking another hotel stay. u/aaaggghhh_

4. Nothing is better than your own home

Representational Image Source: Pexels | Andrea Piacquadio
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Andrea Piacquadio

Other people's homes. As a kid, I loved sleepovers. I loved going on vacation and crashing with one of my uncles; sleeping in blanket piles on the floors, all of us crammed together. As an adult, I hate staying in other people's houses so much I can't even put it into words. Nothing is how I like it: The guest beds are always hard and springy with thin pillows or way too small. I have to figure out how to accommodate my baby's needs without her high chair, her pack-and-play, or her bassinet. Everyone lets their dogs on their couches, which aggravates my allergies. I could go on and on. u/TheGabby

5. Social media looks pointless

Representational Image Source: Pexels | Kampus Production
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Kampus Production

Social media and what people do for it. The 'challenges,' the 'pranks' and using other people living their lives for views. The 'clout chasing' and how people stop actual life to do a TikTok dance — stopping traffic, stopping people in parks because they're in the shot and treating them like some kind of background actors. It's insufferable. It's affected society so much that it's just started becoming acceptable behavior. I can't stand it. u/littleghool

6. Being able to manage our own finances

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Karolina Grabowska
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Karolina Grabowska

Men who think that I am incapable of taking care of myself. Yes, I can drive six hours by myself. Yes, I can jumpstart a vehicle. Yes, I can handle my own money. And on and on. I may be 60 years old, but I'm not dead or incompetent! Boomer men are so bad about this! u/daisy-girl-fall

7.  No more window shopping

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Tim Douglas
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Tim Douglas

I used to love going to the mall and browsing around Target pre-COVID. Now, I can't stand clothes shopping and can't be bothered to go to the mall even though there's one less than five minutes from my house. I don't know if it's because stores just haven't really recovered since COVID-19 started or if I'm just getting old and confused by what's in style now. u/give_me_wine

8. Saying no to sexism and misogyny

Image Source: Pexels | Tima Miroshnichenko
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Tima Miroshnichenko

Casual sexism and misogyny. We live rurally where some of our neighbors truly still live in a different era. I used to laugh off 'women belong in the kitchen' type jokes when I was newly married and now, I just blank stare back and ask, 'What do you mean by that?' and wait for them to awkwardly try and explain. u/gbr1515

9. Quitting hard liquor

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Isabella Mendes
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Isabella Mendes

Alcohol. Love everything about beer, but over the years, I started getting muscle aches and headaches after a small amount of alcohol, regardless if I'm thoroughly hydrated. Hard liquor is out of the question these days — it's like an instant hangover within minutes. Nothing worse than waking up feeling hungover after going to bed early and sober. u/picklesNtoes23

10. Choosing to be childfree

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Representative Image Source: Pexels/ Photo by Keira Burton

Children. I'm child-free and the older I get, the less I want to have babies. I see so many women losing themselves when they become a mother. I don't want this to happen to me and I want to get up late during the weekend forever. u/toxicwotsit-

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